Utrecht is among the most attractive places to choose to move to in the Netherlands. Situated at the heart of the country, Utrecht is quickly becoming an international centre for research, business, education, and culture. Ex-pats relocating here will find the perfect mix of big-city amenities and lush Dutch countryside. And with nearly 200 nationalities now living in Utrecht, life in this city is truly cosmopolitan.
Utrecht offers a strong economy with various sectors and work opportunities. Its central location means it benefits from both national and international connections. Key sectors such as financial services and banking, IT, life sciences, gaming, research, transport, and engineering provide all kinds of job opportunities for ex-pats. Several large corporations also have a huge presence in Utrecht, with some even headquartered here. They are the city's major employers and include Rabobank, Capgemini, GlaxoSmithKline, Genmab, Oracle, ProRail, Sybase, and Yokogawa.
Utrecht is Holland's smallest province, and with more and more people relocating here, housing is in high demand and often at a premium. For example, renting a one-bedroom apartment will average €1,253/month in the city centre and €970/month outside the city centre. A three-bedroom apartment in the same area is €2,180/month and €1,558/month, respectively. Buying is also an option but shop around to make sure you find the best possible deal. As for where you should live, Utrecht has all kinds of neighbourhoods to fit your lifestyle and budget. Popular options to consider include Leidsche Rijn, Ijisselstei, Nieuwegein, De Vechtstreek, and Kanaleneiland
The city centre is small enough to walk almost everywhere. Still, Utrecht has a reliable and fast public transportation system, provided by a network of trains, buses, and trams. You'll need an OV-chipkaart to pay for all public transportation. Ensure the card is preloaded with sufficient credits. Like most Dutch cities, there's plenty of cycling.
Utrecht offers a lot of things to see and experience while living there. There are nine museums located in and around the Museumkwartier. You'll also enjoy the two theatres in the city and various festivals throughout the year celebrating all forms of artistic expression. If you're a sports fan, spend a day rowing on the Oudegracht or participate in the many sports events held regularly like the Jaarbeurs Marathon and the Classico Giro bicycle race. Lastly, the Canal network of this city is very serene, tranquil, and surrounded by beautiful green space, making it perfect for taking an evening stroll.